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Poster: billydlions Date: Jun 27, 2009 6:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: TDIH ....Hey you up on the balcony

1985 was not a good year, but this show is the exception. In fact I have it ranked in my top 10 (maybe 5) shows of the '80's. Jerry's guitar playing and signing is top notch throughout the whole show and the song transitions here are as good it as it gets for the time period. A strong Midnight Hour goes right in to a great Bertha and then right in to Rooster with no break in the action. Even Bobby's slide solo is listenable. Then comes some yelling at the fans about their lack of fear of heights and I've always loved how Jerry starts up Stagger Lee as if to say "let's move on". A great El Paso follows and Crazy Fingers is one of the better versions I've heard followed by a fully jammed out Supplication with Jerry teasing the Lazy Lightnin riff. Hell in a Bucket is top notch and the best ever version of Dont Ease closes the set.

Set 2 has some of the best transitions I've ever heard for songs that do not normally go together. Stranger in to Eyes in to GDTRFB has to be heard to appreciate how Garcia tied the songs together. Summer of '85 has better drums/space segments than most other years, especially the steel sounding drums. Nothing really stands out post space although it doesnt detract from the show. For some reason the next night at Hershey gets more attention, but this is one of the best shows from the '80's that deserves a listen today and a plus is the matrix by Hunter, which is impeccable.

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Jun 27, 2009 8:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH ....Hey you up on the balcony

this might be the most under-rated show of 1985, the next night in Hersey is slopfest, perhaps hyped up because of Phil's egg frying bass notes in Morning Dew...

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Poster: Jim F Date: Jun 28, 2009 10:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH ....Hey you up on the balcony

It's funny how much Bobby's slide playing gets knocked, hell even I get annoyed with it, but one of my first exposures to "Slide Bobby" was the Dead Ahead video, where I think his slide lead in Rooster is just about one of THE best things he's ever played. I thought he was a bad ass slide player. I've since learned otherwise lol.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Jun 29, 2009 8:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH ....Hey you up on the balcony

I was lucky enough to be at this SPAC show in '85 and agree it is by far the best of the year (which, given what a piece of crap year '85 was, isn't saying much), but this really is a great show.

The Crazy Fingers was a delightful surprise, most of the 2nd set was both inventive and unpredictable and my favorite bit is actually the impromptu "Supplication" Jam...we kept hoping Bobby would launch into the lyrics, but it's probably better he didn't.

Now whoever was up on that balcony, step forward and reveal yourself already! All is forgiven. (Great "Stagger Lee" follows that hilarious exchange.)

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Poster: billydlions Date: Jun 29, 2009 2:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH ....Hey you up on the balcony

You are a lucky guy. I was at the SPAC in 1988, which was also a great show, however I would trade just about any show I've ever attended for this one, although I'll have to think about the Branford show on 3-27-90. You are right about the Stagger Lee which is also one of my favorite versions. There are many songs at this concert that could qualify as top versions....Bertha, Midnight Hour (post Pig), Stagger Lee, Dont Ease, Crazy Fingers, Stranger, Supplication jam, Bucket.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Jun 29, 2009 3:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH ....Hey you up on the balcony

Hey, I was at that Branford show, too...and honestly, having attended both--you were at the right one. SPAC '85 was terrific, but Branford simply blew me away...it was almost like seeing them in a whole new light...at least that's how I felt...I'll never forget that EYES--best I ever saw live (never having seen a '77 show...my first show was in '79).